Mamas Gun string / horn sessions

Video from the recording sessions for string and horn arrangements for the next Mamas Gun album.

Lazy Habits @ Sofar Sounds

Video from the soundcheck of a Sofar sounds gig with Lazy Habits on 20th September.

JPMB Solace, International Society of Bassists review

The International Society of Bassists magazine has posted a lovely review of Solace, the album I released last year with Matt Baker, and some richly deserved props for Matt’s fine playing.

Equazen “One Small Step” commercial

New advertising campaign, scored to picture :

Manchester By the Sea trailer

The new trailer for Manchester By The Sea opens with my track “Heroes Return”.

The Farm

Pictures from a session a few days ago at legendary recording studio The Farm.

Young Gun Silver Fox

The Young Gun Silver Fox tune “Long Way Back”, featuring one of my string / horn arrangements, has been named one of critics’ 50 best songs of 2015 :

The tune is from their album West End Coast.

Citizen Watches Taiwanese Campaign

The new campaign for Citizen Watches in Taiwan is now on air, featuring Taiwanese / Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro (The Crossing, House of Flying Daggers, Chungking Express) and music composed / performed by me.

Madrid International Jazz Festival

I’ll be playing at Bogui Jazz in Madrid in a couple of weeks as part of the Madrid International Jazz Festival, with Matt Baker on bass :

Thursday Nov 19 : 10.30pm Bogui Jazz, Calle del Barquillo, 29, 28004 Madrid

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We’ll also be playing at CMB in El Escorial on Friday :

Friday Nov 20 : 22.00pm, CMB, Calle Floridablanca 2, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Concerts in Finland, September 2015

I have a couple of piano duo concerts coming up in Finland in September. Featuring Matt Baker on bass.

Wednesday Sept 16 : Poppari Jazz club, Jyvaskyla 9.30pm

Friday Sept 19 : JPMB with guest Mikhail Zatin, Kuopion Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio 9pm

Cannes Lion / British Arrows awards for Times short film

The Times unquiet film I scored, “Bringing The World to Britain”, has added two more awards to its Shots Award ‘Best Branded Content’ : a bronze cyber lion at the Cannes Lions and a British Arrows Silver.

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Watch the film here.

Amsterdam Film Festival

Update on the film “The Man Who Walked on The Moon”(dir Jenny Lu) that I scored last year : it has won Best Fantasy Film at the Amsterdam Film Festival’s Van Gogh Awards.

The Man Who Walked On The Moon Poster

John Pickup / Matt Baker Duo album “Solace” released

The piano and bass duo album “JPMB – Solace” I recorded with Matt Baker at La Buisonne Studios is now out on Snibor Records. It’s available on cd from (or from me directly) or as a digital release on itunes, google and other platforms.

The album features six of my compositions and one by Matt, plus film themes by Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Ryuichi Sakamoto. And one tune from the Muppet Show.

String arranging for Park Hyoshin

I found out this morning that Park Hyoshin’s new single, which features one of my string arrangements, has gone straight in at number 1 in the Korean charts. It’s a tune called “Shine Your Light”, written and produced by Andy Platts.

Shine Your Light Poster